Steve Donahue and Tom Clark founded Santa Clara Valley Brewing in 2013 with the goal of “providing our friends and neighbors with a selection of fine handcrafted beers created with the highest quality ingredients.” We’d say they’re doing a pretty bang up job on that, which makes SCVB the first stop on our San Jose brewery tour!
SCVB’s Electric Tower IPA pays homage to the neighborhood’s historic San Jose Electric Light Tower of 1881, one of many so called ‘moontowers’ that illuminated nighttime cityscapes across Europe and the U.S. in the late 1800’s. It packs a heavy wallop of West Coast IPA+ness to remind you not only where you came from but where you’re going…for another beer!
Two other flagships – Peralta Porter and New Almaden Red -compliment a wide selection of experimental and one off brewskis. Check them out at 101 E. Alma St. in San Jose! CHEERS!
The Oregon Beer Trail continues at Oakshire Brewing, a 15 barrel brewery and public house that began in 2006 when home brewing brothers Jeff and Chris Althouse went pro. Some of the finest craft beer Eugene, Oregon has to offer can be drank at Oakshire!
Our beer flight on deck for today includes Line (Rye IPA), Ride Your Bike (Double Red Ale), Overcast Espresso Stout (an amazing breakfast beer in our experience!) and Madame Blu (bourbon barrel aged blueberry Berlinerweisse). Cheers!
Pushing further North on our Pacific Northwest brewery quest, we stumbled into North Coast Brewing Company in Fort Bragg along the Mendocino Coast in beautiful California! Brewing quality craft beer since 1988, you can find these mouth watering brewskis in 47 US States. That’s serious distribution!
Why choose when you can simply drink them all at North Coast Brewing Company?! On deck we have a beer flight of 13 lucky tastings. Our favorites would have to be classic Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, Red Seal Ale, Acme California Pale Ale (brewed with Yakima Valley Hops) and of course Brother Thelonious Belgian style Abbey Ale! Cheers!
Rogue Ales & Spirits was founded in Ashland, California in 1988 by Nike alumni Bob Woodell, Rob Strasser and Jack Joyce with a mission “to brew the finest varietal ales & spirits in the world!” Mission accomplished! Rogue Ales holds a special place in our hearts, embodying all we love in a brewery – farm to bottle freshness, community beer and a revolutionary spirit.
Rogue has come a long way since their original Ashland location…all the way to Portland, Oregon’s Pearl District! Today’s beer flight at the brewpub = Issaquah White Frog Ale (Witbier), Double Chocolate Stout, Wasted Sea Star Purple Ale (brewed with purple corn nectar!) and Morimoto Soba (Buckwheat) Ale! Cheers!